VEGETABLES FOR FALL PLANTING
--- Anne K Moore
August 14, 2009 ---
Photos by Anne K Moore ---
Many of you still have time to plant a fall
garden. You can start hardy
vegetables like cabbage, kale, mustard, cauliflower, broccoli, radish, and
lettuce now either by direct sowing or by transplanting to the garden. These vegetables thrive in cool
If you drape spun fabric row covers over your
garden beds, you can have clean vegetables without any insect or disease
damage. In addition, some heavier
spun fabrics are available to protect your veggies from an early frost.
State Cooperative Extension Services give you all
you need to know about growing.
You can find information on when to plant seeds for a fall garden that
is specific to your area.
Seed catalogs are wonderful sources of
information. They have new
varieties for you to try. They
often will give you the number of days you will need to harvest each of your
crops. Usually, one packet of
seeds costs less than one plant at the garden center. Those fresh-from-the-garden vegetables are within
reach. Have more plants but spend
less money. Good deal.
Look for seed catalogs online if you don't have
paper copies. When you place your
order, make sure all of your choices will ship right away. Some catalog companies do not ship in
the summer and automatically hold orders for later fall shipping. Be sure to request immediate shipping
and check to see how long they estimate it will take to fill your order.
You can directly sow lettuce and radishes into the
garden. They are quick to come up
You can start seeds for cauliflower, cabbage,
and broccoli indoors in small containers with drainage holes, using a good
seed-starting mix. Follow the
directions on the seed packet for depth of planting. Topping the medium with a layer of perlite or sand can help
keep the seedling stems dry. Don't
bury the seed or use a topping if the seed needs light to germinate. Keep the little pots in bright light. To keep the mix from drying out, cover
the tops with plastic wrap. Remove
the wrap as soon as the seedlings appear.
Give them a half strength feeding of liquid
fertilizer when they start to grow and feed them periodically. When the seedlings have their first
true leaves, (usually the second set of leaves you will see) start hardening
them off by moving them outdoors into a sheltered shady spot. Move them into early morning sun for
longer and longer periods each day to get them used to the sunlight. Do not put them directly from indoors
into full sun. They will remind
you why you should not do this by dropping dead.
It may seem early to start planning for a winter garden. Longing for the winter garden is easy
with the 90-degree plus days of summer.
Once you grow a fall or winter garden, you will wonder why you waited so
long to try it.